Farmers urged to branch out into forest planting

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to boost forest planting by farmers in Limerick.

It is part of an initiative by the Irish Forest Industry Chain (IFIC) and the Department of Agriculture is to highlight the benefits of increased forestry to farmers and the economy.

Defence Minister Willie O’Dea launched the Limerick campaign.

There are currently 590 Limerick farmers, just over 10% of the total in the county, involved in forestry.

IFIC chairman George McCarthy said forest cover in Limerick was still only 9% of the county’s land area and below the national average of 10% — among the lowest in the EU.

“The new forestry premium of up to €575/ha, tax-free for 20 years, is significantly higher than the income earned from dry stock on many Limerick farms,” Mr McCarthy said.

As forestry has the lowest labour requirement of all farm enterprises, it was an ideal enterprise for farmers trying to combine farm work with a busy off-farm job, Mr McCarthy said, adding it provides a valuable pension and insurance fund for farmers.

More in this section

Budget 2022 Logo

What impact will this  year's budget have on you and your business.

The Business Hub

News and analysis on business, money and jobs from Munster and beyond by our expert team of business writers.

Sign up
Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up

Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday.

Sign up